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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1839

Rising Sun

Latest 1854

(Name to)

26 Adrian Street



A welcome sign in the winter no doubt. It was closed by the authorities in 1842 but Longley effected a reopening and it then continued to 1854.

I do not know the exact date yet, but by 1857 the premises was operating under the name of the "Great Gun."


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 4 May, 1839. Price 5d


Longley, the landlord of the "Rising Sun," appeared to answer a complaint made by the police, for keeping his house open beyond the hour allowed. Sergeant Back and police constable Price, stated that about one o'clock on Sunday morning last, they found several men and women drinking in the house, which they had previously cleared at half-past ten o'clock.

Postponed till Monday for the production of the licence.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 18 May, 1839. Price 5d


Longley, landlord of the "Rising Sun," appeared with his licence; and the magistrates expressed their determination to enforce the penalties incurred by proprietors of public-houses, and beer-shops. This, however, being a first offence, the defendant was fined 40s. and costs.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 16 July, 1842. Price 5d.


William Longley, landlord of the "Rising Sun," charged with keeping a common brothel. The witness in this case having absconded, the defendant was discharged on payment of costs, with an admonition from the bench, that if brought forward again, and convicted, the highest penalty should be inflicted.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 8 November, 1845. Price 5d.


Reuben Russell, a Jew, belonging to Sheerness, but at present residing at the “Rising Sun,” was charged with stealing a coat, pair of trousers, and a volume on heathen Mythology, the property of Mrs. Kite.

William Kite deposed that he superintended his mother's shop in Market Lane, and on the 15th or 16th of October he missed the property in question, of which he gave information to the Police.

William Bottle, grocer, deposed that prisoner offered him the book for sale, as waste paper, which he purchased at 2d. per pound. A day or two previous prisoner brought 48lbs. of waste brown. Which he also purchased.

James Timan, landlord of the “Three Tuns,” deposed that he purchased the pair of trousers of prisoner for 3s. 6d. He stated that he bought them of a gentleman's servant on the Parade.

Benjamin Robbins, a tailor lodging at the “Three Tuns,” deposed that prisoner offered the coat for sale, and asked 5s. for it. He afterwards agreed to buy it for 4s.

Superintendent Correll deposed that having received information from Mr. Kite, of the robbery, he traced the goods as detailed by witnesses.

Prisoner, in his defence, stated that he bought the clothes of a gentleman's servant, and the book within a quantity of other waste paper.

Committed for trial.


From the Kentish Gazette, 25 January 1848.

On Saturday a soldier, of the 17th regiment, cut his throat at the "Rising Sun" alehouse, in Adrian-street. The cause is said to be stopping out of barracks beyond time, and spending money not his own.



LONGLEY William 1839-42 (age 25 in 1841Census)

BAX Charles 1842 ?

LONGLEY William 1842-54




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